Police: Soldier escaped military custody, vanished after chase
Pfc. Russell Marcum, 20, is considered armed and dangerous, New York state police say.
September 16th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Police: Soldier escaped military custody, vanished after chase

State police in central New York are looking for a U.S. soldier who they say escaped military custody at Fort Drum, stole his parents' car and led police on a four-county chase.

Pfc. Russell Marcum, 20, of Morgantown, West Virginia, is considered armed and dangerous, state police said.

Marcum, who was in "unit custody" on the base after being arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of burglary, eluded officials on base Thursday night, got into an altercation with a fellow soldier and stole his parents’ 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, state Trooper Jack Keller said.

He drove away from the area and led police on a chase, Keller said. The car eventually went over stop sticks that police had deployed in rural Otsego County, and Marcum lost control of the vehicle, according to Keller.

Marcum left the car and fled into a wooded area, and he hasn’t been seen since, Keller said.

Just hours before he left Fort Drum, Marcum’s parents bailed him out of the Jefferson County (New York) Jail, where he’d been held since Monday on burglary charges, Fort Drum spokeswoman Julie Cupernall said. He was placed into unit custody at Fort Drum after his parents posted bail, Cupernall said.

Marcum joined the Army in August 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan from January to March, Cupernall said.

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  1. apache

    for starters he has
    served ..we owe him..smething..if he has ptsd help him..find out why hes trned
    the corner..i pry for him

    September 17, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      BS..no one owes him anything! Serving does not give u an automatic lease on being a moron...

      September 17, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Sounds to me like a screw up... only in Afgan. for 3 months, sounds like a problem child and that is all they need more of...

      September 17, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. urall pus sies

    First of all i am sure none of u have ever served ur country so u should shut the hell up cuz u know nothing bout sacrificing urself for a cause i hope bashing our military and those that fight 4 your rights makes u feel like u r worth the air u breathe cuz ur not so go bak to sitting on ur obese asses until the day u wake up and realize that u and ur entire families r pathetic and that u should have done the only thing u could have done to contribute to this country and blow ur head off u waste of flesh

    September 17, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      Im on 7 years active duty and I think he sounds like a moron and a criminal we don't need in the army. Military service is not the only way to contribute...

      September 17, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Ive served in two branches... marine corps and army. He's a waste like the time you took to post that dumb rant.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I served and I can spell and write properly English. SEMPER FI.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      I mean almost engrish prease.

      September 17, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Wow....man....please tell me that you weren't in the military. You can't even write or spell.

      September 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jesse hernandez

    Recently i had seen a commericial stating that soilders above all pray for peace. that is the opposite of what i experienced in the military. just about every permanent party soilder had a coffee cup sporting the words /pray for war/ i was tuaght in the military that american soilders are the most intelligent criminals in the world. blood makes the grass grow & guts makes the grass grow green/ is just one chant used to pump up trainees.
    the police liying about this soilder being armed & dangerous only shows some of the length the local authorities go. yes, the military does teach soilders that murder is ok as long as there on the winning team & every soilder in a high risk area comes back with ptsd especially soilders that are under 21 because they don't have a release like older soilders do such as alcohol. realistically if you can die for the fake freedoms of people you don't know & don't always agree with, why can't they have a release or a real relaxing down time like all the older soilders?

    September 17, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      Because if the only way u can relax is alcohol, that's sad...I don't want the person next to me drunk & firing a weapon or driving a vehicle...get a clue

      September 17, 2011 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
    • DebS

      Mark, your comment is all I need to read and my blood is boiling... You claim to be serving our country and yet you then insult a the ancestry of many of our citizens. That's shameful behavior for someone representing our country. Do you feel the same way about the "Latinos" that are in the armed services?

      September 17, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. blackcat

    everybody has there right to opinion. Its america. I would hope the we dont teach that in the military."Its kill or be kill on the lines.". Not murder is fun.Everybody is scared. Ptsd might be to blame cause there is no exact way to tell and how they will react to civilian life some act out differently. His case sounds fishy to me but it could be that its not for him.(political war) we dont fight for the reasons they tell us. He knows why we are fighting and he doesnt want to give his life for it. And yes he is a weapon. Once a man kills he is never the same. Killing is not wrong in his eyes now only the reason. Hes young. right and wrong are still in his head. He doesnt want to go back. And he did what he had to do to get out. In my eyes military and civilian life has become two different realities. Each have there own problems right now that need to be accessed and fix. Everything is primitive for being " the superior beings on this planet" war/hate/money. It shouldnt be this way if we were what we sayweare

    September 17, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessie Lee

      He was there 3 months. I don't know what his MOS was or why he was sent home. I'm reasonably sure that it had to do with being found unfit for duty, unless of course he was injured. Not everyone in Afghanistan or Iraq goes outside the wire. And certainly not everyone comes home to burgle. PTSD isn't really known for normal criminal activities. I've been to both Iraq (2x) and Afghanistan (1) and do have PTSD. Finding an excuse for him lessens the actions of the men and women who serve so proudly and leads one to think that military service creates criminals. Sometimes a criminal gets into the military, which seems the most likely situation.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marie

    OBAMA IN 2012 ! ! !

    September 17, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Lol. If you honestly believe he's better than any other joke that's been there, you are naive. Wake up sheep.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Miller

      The problem is that there is no good alternative. All those guys are self absorbed egomaniacs spouting whatever their pollster speechwriters are telling them to say. What we need is a benevolent dictator!

      September 17, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      He didn't kill anyone!!! He's barely been in a year and he only spent 3 months in the 'stan! He was arrested for burglary...don't blame the army for his idiocy.

      September 17, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. unknown

    That's jus sad. We still at war for dumb reasons in my opinion f da military in my opinion. If I was dat kid I wouldn't have ever joined there's no reason to still be fighting wit dem pakis or afghan ppl.

    September 17, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      Is ur name soulja boy? Saying f the army & u can't put a name?? Wow ur cool maybe educate urself too...

      September 17, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rose

    Obama in 2012! Yeah!

    September 17, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • B4Real2Me

      Rose you can't blame President Obama for this, the blame goes to President Bush... he's the one that got us involved in Afghanistan and Iraq needlessly.

      September 17, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. steve

    U people who post all this crap are serious LOSERS. Get a life folks. Nobody cares about what you guys say in ur comments.

    September 17, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. steve

    Yall are losers beyond loser

    September 17, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      your mom's a loser...

      September 17, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Radgast

    I think his service wil be considered in due process, he has rights and those rights are protected, lets just hope no one gets hurt.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Seamus

    Sounds like he might be a criminal who enlisted to stay out of trouble. Didn't work.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Smallmansion

    Is this guy subject to state law and the UCMJ both at the same time? Anyone know!!

    September 17, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • kc


      September 17, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      We are citizens too so we still have to abide by civilian law & ucmj.

      September 17, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessie Lee

      If the crime was off post, it's the police. He was remanded to military but would face trial and then probably a courts marshall by the military, then dishonorable discharge.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. music lover

    Rambo. First Blood

    September 17, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. corrina

    Does anyone care that this could be anybody's 20 year old. i hope they find him and give him the help he needs. this is not a laughing matter.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      I care he's disgraced the uniform he wore and the oath he took...

      September 17, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bc

    Dont be quik to judge he might have found something out i know i have if u realy knew what our goverments doing there would be another civil wor the get them out of office checkout alex jones on utube u will see

    September 17, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      Oh give me a break conspiracy theory...he broke the law w/ the burglary & then when he ran...don't forget ur tinfoil hat jack wagon...

      September 17, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
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